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NAU researchers need participants for women's health study

Posted at 5:44 AM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 08:57:41-04

Researchers at the Northern Arizona University are cooking up a national study to get to the root of health. But, to do it they need to track you and your eating habits. 

Women, ages 18 and older, are needed right now for the Nutritarian Women's Health Study that focuses on plant-based, nutrient-dense eating.

The goal is to uncover the potential impact this type of diet has on protecting the public from chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. 

"Especially for some of these awareness campaigns that have been very successful, like breast cancer awareness campaigns, we want to move from awareness to action," said associate professor Jay Sutliffe. "So, we can actually start doing things. This is a form of research that's really going to dictate what we do in the future."

The website spells out a few requirements, such as gender and age. Plus, a willingness to change your diet.

The website also writes participants must be, "willing to answer extensive questionnaires, submit blood samples (kits provided), and body measurements on an annual basis and interact with the research team." 

Sutliffe said that even if you have not been sticking to a diet like this before they have the tools to help you take action. 

"We send out weekly emails with recipe ideas and maybe [there is] something coming up — like a holiday," Sutliffe explained. "We'll show them how they can navigate a holiday with a nutrient-dense diet." 

If you want to learn more information on the study and participation, visit NAU's website.